It's no surprise gqom is Malumz's biggest influence. And, as might be expected with an EP from a new artist, the remixes are the strongest tracks. They both capture the single-minded, mantric energy we've come to expect from gqom. On his remix of the title track, Citizen Boy lays hypno-bass drones high in the mix, while Formation Boyz use every element as percussion.
"Malumz"—apparently the Zulu word for "uncle," an affectionate nickname Kolé earned in Durban—starts with a gqom formula of militaristic drums and samples that echo with dark resonance. But instead of allowing funk to emerge, the Italian producer builds up the layers, which are both intriguing and arbitrary in their juxtapositions. "Bayefal" feels less specific to gqom, but it still aims for South African house. Bouncier and more cohesive, Kolé does a better job of keeping it from wandering away.